11 December, 2010
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10 December, 2010
Barcelona has signed a £125m deal to sport the Qatar Foundation (a not for profit foundation aimed at education initiatives) logo through 2016 with £25m paid out annually. Granted, Barca is in pretty substantial debt at ~£400m but after having paid UNICEF to sport their logo (you read that right, they were paying UNICEF to have the UNICEF logo on their jerseys), and after having exhausted a lot of new avenues for income for the club, Barca has bowed to the corporation and taken on a sponsor.
If you are like me, you have to wonder, what's next, the 2018 FIFA World Cup brought to you by Qatar in Russia? Perhaps the Champions League held exclusively in Qatar?
But but wait it gets worse (to quote Onyx)! Plantini has come out and said that moving the 2022 WC to winter is certainly a possibility. Wait, what? Let me check that again, so we give the bid to a country supposedly on the basis that they can handle the summer heat and now they want to consider moving some games out of the country and even possibly move the tournament itself to winter, which interferes with pretty much every league but MLS and interrupts two hugely profitable tournaments in the CL and UEFA Leagues... And all this stated by the head of UEFA himself... Bidding countries, you didn't even get the benefit of a reach around on this one.
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Then this came to light.
09 December, 2010
In case you haven't been keeping up with the Bundesliga lately, other than Jermaine Jones being sent down to the B team, and Bradley lighting it up for a relegation bound Mongladbach, Damarcus is quietly biding his time with 4th place Hannover 96. Currently, they sit 12 points out of first, and 4 points above 5th place. Not bad.
But with all that good play by players ahead of him, he hasn't been seeing much 1st team action. Case in point, since October, he's seen a grand total of 55mins in three appearances, all from the bench and all in blowouts (usually blowout losses).
So when are we going to see you get some more playing time and what do you have to do to get some around there Run DMB?
07 December, 2010
Fast forward a season, and he resurfaces at Ajax. A football factory of sorts that, while they will never be the powerhouse at the forefront of international title runs any more, produces many talented players.
Then, Fulham FC came calling in 2009. Amongst the strong candidates, including Bob Bradley, Jol had a standoff with Ajax management and managed to finagle a contract extension and promises to spend money to bring in a few more players.
Wait for it...
Don't get lost driving all over town this holiday season. Make sure to update your in-car navigation maps! #ad http://spn.tw/tLQdQ about 5 hours ago via Sponsored TweetsWell, what do you know, he's shilling GPS on his Twitter now. Great. I almost forgot to buy myself some car navigation, thanks Freddy.
Freddy, if you haven't read one of the 1mil plus comments made web-wide because you are in complete and utter denial, give up on Europe for now, and bring your butt back stateside, suck it up and re-establish yourself. Right now you are about 2 seconds away from becoming one of those guys juggling soccer balls in the square for tips.
06 December, 2010
"Newcastle United Football Club have today parted company with manager Chris Hughton. Goalkeeping coach Paul Barron also leaves the club today," read a statement on the club's website. "The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club's transition from Championship to Premier League football. Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well for the future.
"Regrettably, the board now feels that an individual with more managerial experience is needed to take the club forward. The task of appointing a new manager now begins. An announcement will be made shortly regarding transitional arrangements pending the appointment of a successor."
Reportedly, a coach is in short order for Newcastle. Much like certain other people's fantasy teams that are named in honor of Newcastle, their play was erratic at best, with such wins as 5-1 over Sunderland and 6-0 over Aston Villa tempered by losses like yesterday's 3-1 loss to WBA.
We wish you well Hughton, and think that the Toons didn't give you nearly enough time to cement yourself. Now if only they could fire Mike Ashley for his poor performance as an owner (and while the similarities are striking, no that is not Ashley in the pic).
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05 December, 2010
And then comes an article by the Independent. And another subsequent one in the WSJ, and yet another with the Guardian. FIFA members colluded, and so the stuff starts to hit the fan.
Granted, England got only two votes and got eliminated in the first round, so you expect a few of their papers to be all sour grapes, but the Independent isn't that biased, and the WSJ? This isn't good.
Since then, Fat Santa, I mean, Chuck Blazer has come out to deny the allegations against him. MP Jack Warner, as per usual, refuses to take calls from a "clearly biased white media".
So what happened that we didn't know about?
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